Directors: Ridley Scott
Cast: Maximus: Russell Crowe; Commodus: Joaquin Phoenix; Lucilla: Connie Nielsen; Proximo: Oliver Reed; Marcus Aurelius: Richard Harris; Gracchus: Derek Jacobi; Juba: Djimon Hounsou; Falco: David Schofield; Gaius: John Shrapnel; Quintus: Tomas Arana; Hagen: Ralf Moeller; Lucius: Spencer Treat Clark; Cassius: David Hemmings; Cicero: Tommy Flanagan; Tigris: Sven-Ole Thorsen; Slave Trader: Omid Djalili; Praetorian Officer: Nicholas McGaughey; Scribe: Chris Kell; Assassin #1: Tony Curran; Assassin #2: Mark Lewis
Taglines: Father of a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife and I shall have my vengeance in this life or the next
What We Do In Life Echoes In Eternity.
A Hero Will Rise.
The Gladiator Who Defied An Empire
Summer 2000 A.D.
A general who became a slave. A slave who became a gladiator. A gladiator who defied an emperor.
Storyline: Maximus is a powerful Roman general, loved by the people and the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death. The powerful general is unable to save his family, and his loss of will allows him to get captured and put into the Gladiator games until he dies. The only desire that fuels him now is the chance to rise to the top so that he will be able to look into the eyes of the man who will feel his revenge. Written by Chris "Morphy" Terry